St Mary's Music Hall and Lake of Stars Festival have joined forces to present a night of exciting new music. Featuring one of London's hottest rising stars Love Ssega (UK/Uganda) with full live band, supported by Nkomba (UK/Malawi) and Beating Heart co-founder Olly Wood (DJ set).
A founding member of Clean Bandit, Love Ssega has teamed up with Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge to create a solo project packed with 80's disco riffs, funky basslines and dancefloor beats.
Filtering a crate-digging knowledge of classic sounds through life growing up in South London, Love Ssega is a bright young talent on the UK music scene. His name may be familiar as vocalist, writer and co-producer of Clean Bandit's “Mozart’s House”, but Love Ssega is now carving his own path as a solo artist.
Channelling a vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop and NYC disco into smart modern pop, Love Ssega draws on an evocative point in sound and culture far removed from the London borough of Lewisham where he was raised. He has a keen eye for colour and visuals and on stage can be found wearing shirts custom tailored by his sister out in Kampala, Uganda, where his family originates.
This creativity bleeds into his sound and his musical experiences are as wide-ranging as his life story so far, including performing at Glastonbury in front of 45,000 people and having two of his tracks performed by the 70-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra.
Fresh from a successful set at the The Great Escape Festival, Love Ssega is a man that's going places, catch him in this intimate setting while you can!
Following their successful Lake of Stars London performance, nkomba return to Walthamstow with their energetic mixture of Malawian folk songs and African roots music. The contemporary four-piece African folk band is led by Ron Nkomba who performs on guitar, mandolin and harmonica and sings in English & Chichewa, the national languages of Malawi. As well as interpretations of traditional Malawian songs, their compositions draw on experiences and influences from Europe, Asia and Africa which reflect the band's varied up-bringing.
Alongside the live music will be a DJ set from one of the creators of Beating Heart Music, a charity project inspired by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tracey made 35,000 field recordings between the 1920s and 1970s, intending to reveal the beauty of this music to a world that had little interest in it.
Beating Heart connects the International Library of African Music with contemporary producers such as Rudimental and My Nu Leng to produce contemporary re-mixes of the traditional tracks. The income from the project is used to assist the people from where the music original came.